Full Moon Esbat Gathering on Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Esbat ritual this month was written by Adept Dawn of the Day and Novice Luna Llena. We welcome all witches and/or pagans from any tradition especially if you are a solitary practitioner and would like to meet some other brothers and sister of The Old Ways/The Craft.

WHEN:

Elder Moon (Full Moon) Esbat Gathering

Thursday December 12, 2019

Social Hour 6:00 to 6:59 PM CT

Circle Cast at 7:00 PM CT

Please do not enter the chat room after the circle has been cast. The reason being is we have students casting and leading the circle as part of their learning and this could break the circle causing it to have to be recast. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

WHERE:

Heart’s Spirit Coven Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 small white candle – 4 inches tall
Candle Holder
Matches
Small to Medium Size Bowl of Water
Cookie or Cracker
Beverage of Your Choice
For the Northern Hemisphere Include on your Altar

1 Small Dead Twig from the ground – Symbolizing Death as we approach Yule
1 Piece of Fruit – Symbolizing Renewal as we approach what will come in the Spring

For the Southern Hemisphere Include on your altar

Some Flowers, or Fruit – Symbolize the Abundance of the Summer

Elder Moon – Esbat Ritual

Adept Dawn: We call the watch tower of the East and ask Auriel to help protect this circle and empower the work within our circle.

We call the watchtower of the South and inviting Gabriel to protect the circle and empower our work within the circle.

We call Raphael for the West and to protect the western part of the circle and empower our work within the circle

We call Michael to the watchtower of the North to protect the North part of the circle and also empower our work within the circle.

I will now draw the circle by starting in the East and point at the ground first and
walk clockwise saying I close this circle with Earth so that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle. I would then point to the ceiling and say I close this circle with Air so that no harm may come to anyone inside this circle, then I would out stretch arm at shoulder level and invoke Fire by saying I close this circle with Fire so that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle.  Finally, I would say what is above is below what is east is also west and what is north is south we are now enclosed in an orb of light and empowered to do our work within the circle.  I will then walk the circle one more time touching each of the elements starting with a Feather to represent the East and Air, a Candle to represent the South and Fire, a Bowl of  Water to represent the West and Water and then Earth in the North we welcome and thank you for helping us with this circle.

We would welcome the goddess (Isis) and the god (Odin) to the circle and thanking them for attending and helping us with our work.

Everyone: Please tell us your name and where you live –  your first name or pagan name and just the country or state only please

Novice Luna: I will ask everyone to turn to their altar with open arms. Tilt your head back, look at the sky/ceiling and say –

Elder Moon give us your light and
Guide us in this ritual
We ask for your eternal knowledge as
We light this candle to fulfill this rite
Remembering the gifts that you so freely give us
We pray
So mote it be
Novice Luna: At this time light the Elder Moon candle and take a few minutes to reflect on what you accomplished this year and the challenges you have faced, what you have discarded and what you have kept, the changes you wish to make and the future you perceive. Give thanks to the entities of the pure white light for the guidance they have given us as we honor the last full moon of the year, the Elder Moon

Everyone: Hold the water receptacle to the sky and say:

Bless this water so that it nurtures us
God Odin and Goddess Isis guide us as we journey the cycle of life
As we experience the challenges and changes we make daily
As we try to live a life harmonious with the universe that surrounds us
So Mote it Be
Adept Dawn:  We say to the god Odin thank you for working with the circle today you can go if he must or stay if you would like. We say to the goddess Isis thank you for working with the circle you may stay if you would like or go if you must.

We would dismiss the watchtowers starting with the North.  We thank Michael for coming to this circle you may go if you must or stay if you like.

Moving to the West We thank Raphael for coming and protecting this circle you may go if you must or stay if you would like,

We would then thank Gabriel for coming to the circle say you may go if you would like or stay if you want

Auriel with the words of thanks for coming to the circle say you may go if you must  or stay if you like.
I would then hold my arm out and rotating counter clockwise thank fire for protecting the circle and please return from where they came.  I would then point to the ceiling and rotate counter clockwise and thank air for helping us with the circle today and to please return from where they came and finally pointing to the ground rotate counter clockwise and then the earth for helping us with the circle today and to please return from where they came. I would then raise my arms over my head and slowly bringing them down and point to the ground with open hands toward the earth to release the rest of the energy.
The circle is now open but never broken all my brothers and sisters please go in peace and in the safety of the gods and goddesses.

Snack, drink, relax

What Do I Need To Have and Do to Be a Witch? – Introduction to Series

This is an introduction to help explain the title question. Today’s post is just going to answer frequently ask questions I have gotten over the years. Some of the other topics for this series will include but not limited to magickal tools, herbs, essential oils, crystals, precious and semi-precious gems, stones, your Book of Shadows, your altar and what you want to put on it, spells, rituals, etcetera. Most of the topics have other posts about them on Coven Life and Witches of The Craft. I also might add viedo links and/or a link for a general search on that day’s topic.

If you have questions about things in any of the post please ask them in the Comment box located below each post. This way if other people have the same question I only have to answer once.

If at anytime you want to share a picture of how you do something for that days topic please email it to LadyBeltane@aol.com subject line should have “For Sharing” please include your first name only or you pagan name and a short description about the picture. At the end of each days post the top I for tomorrow will be there. If you get pictures to me by 8:00 PM CDT for the next days topic I will include them in them post.

Any questions please ask them in the Comment section and I will reply to them by 8:00 PM CDT.

Tomorrow’s topic will be “Magickal Tool.” I look forward to learning different ways of doing things for every topic with you.

 

Can We Help You to Teach Your Children and/or Descendants about The Craft?

One of our Elders thought, and I agree, that we should post a survey to help us help you to teach your children about The Craft. If you do not want to put your answers in a comment below please email them to covenlifescoven@gmail.com, please include your child’s age so we can post information by age groups. This whole idea of helping you to help your children learn is in the planning stages any ideas and/or suggestions to make it how you think will help our descendants to learn are very welcomed.

1. As pagan parents, would you like to see children’s activities posted on Coven Life?
2. What age groups would you recommend activities for?
3 – 4 years old (mostly coloring pages of the different Sabbats with a small paragraph on what the Sabbat is for)
5 – 6 years old (Coloring pages of the Sabbats and Moon Phases with a small paragraph in wording they can read themselves to bring about a dialogue about what they are learning)
7-10 years old (Printable Information delving deeper into Moon phases. Brief introduction to Sabbat and Esbat rituals)
11-14 years old (Information for considering following a Pagan path building on what they would learned above)
15 – 18 years old (Introductory information on what it means to follow the Old Ways of The Craft including an introduction to Gods, Goddesses, Spellwork, Rituals. The spell work and.or rituals would be geared for the young adult to help their parent, grandparent, or care taker to prepare a spell and how to set up an altar if wanted and what preparation goes into writing and doing a ritual.)
This is a way that a child or young adult can build an understanding of the magickal and spiritual sides of witchcraft/ It will also help prepare them to become a novice in our coven or just to have the knowledge to work better with the adults that are solitary practitioner.
3. What topics would you like to see addressed?
4. What type of activities?
5. What other suggestions would you have for children’s and young adult’s activities ?
Remember you can answer the questions in the comments or email your answers to covenlifescoven@gmail.com. If you have any questions or ideas about this project please ask or share your idea. We are willing to start any child or young adult of any age so please do not think your child would have to start as a preschooler. There is no charge as you will be able to use what we post to teach your child the way you follow The Craft. We are here just to answer questions or help in anyway we can. We will be posting things for the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at the appropriate times for Sabbats.

Common Name for April’s Full Moon is Pink Moon

The name Pink Moon comes from the pink flowers – phlox – that bloom in spring. Other names for this Full Moon are Sprouting Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Hare Moon, Egg Moon, and Paschal Moon.

This information is from timeanddate.com. The website has a lot of informationon about the Sun and Moon phases and the when the seasonal changes will happen. While your city might not be in their data base another town close to should be. If you live in a very rural area or outback or the Bush or whatever more isolated towns are called where you live lol up the closest major city to you. Then with knowing that time you can watch for the rising or getting Sun and know how many minutes to add or subtract to get the exact time for where you live. It might take up 2 or 3 complete Mon cycles before you get the slight time difference figured out.

When I was looking for the tie closest to me I notice something I found interesting April’s Full Moon this year is on the 19th at 6:12 AM Central Time zone and next year it is on the 7th at 9:35 PM Centrala Time zone.

I find it planetary movement helps me not only with spells and/or rituals it also helps me connect to different  Goddesses and Gods that I want. To know better. Especially the Dark Moon phase which comes 3 days before the New Moon through meditation I have found I can talk to my Spirit Guide, Goddesses, and God’s easier and better then during any other of its phases.

Moon Ritual Cakes

1 cup/128 grams shortening or 1/2 cup/113 grams shortening and 1/2 cup/113 grams of butter

1/3 cup/43 grams sugar

2/3 cup/86 grams ground blanched almonds

1 2/3/ 214 grams flour

1/4 teaspoon salt/1.25 ml salt

1 cup/128 grams confectioner’s sugar

1 teaspoon/5 ml cinnamon

Mix together shortening, sugar, and almonds. Soft together flour, salt, and then stir into almond mixture until a soft dough forms. Chill dough for at least one hour. Preheat oven to 325F/165C. Break off pieces of chilled dough and roll pencil thin. Cut rolled dough in 2 1/2/6.5 cm lengths and form each into a verdant shape with your fingers. Bake in an increased cookie sheet until set, but not brown, about 14-16 minutes. Mix together confectioners sugar and cinnamon. Cool cookies on pan, and while they are slightly warm dip each in cinnamon mixture. Makes approximately five dozen crescent Moons. For vegan guests, use a natural sugar substitute in place of refined sugar.

Copyright by Kirin Lee Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 1999 Page 49

Week 2- Goddess Knowledge Medusa

When Medusa was slain, the winged horse Pegasus sprang from her blood. The Greeks pottery Medusa as a horrifying gorgon, an ugly woman with snakes for hair; anyone who looked at her face was turned to stone. Yet her name has the same root as medicine and measure, and derives from a Greek word meaning “to protect, to rule over.” Medusa is a moon goddess, the triple-headed Great Goddess in her death aspect. She is associated with blood, so to meet her is to meet the mysteries of moon-blood or menstrual blood, sacred and terrible, in many mythologies the source of life. Medusa is serpent energy, enlivening, terrifying, impersonal. Somehow Medusa, a symbol of growth and generation that dies so that from death may come life, became a symbol of fear, for to look directly upon the divine is to face a terrifying reality.

Pegasus is instinct, wisdom, imagination, life force, and intuitive understanding.

For more information about the Goddess Medusa here is the link for a general search: Information about Medusa

To see images of Medusa please use this general search link: Images of Medusa

Southern Hemisphere 2019 Moon Phases and Spiecal Moon Phases for Aurora, Illinois, USA

I tried to find out what the numbering on the right is for but no luck. If someone knows what it is for please post the information in the comment section. They will appear in the Moon phases in both hemispheres. Also by click on the blue colored words, it will take you to that specific information. All this Information comes from Date and Time Website You can also use this site to find out the time of the full or special Moon where live or very close to  it.

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

Lunation New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Third Quarter Duration
1188 Jan 6 12:28 pm Jan 14 5:45 pm Jan 21 4:16 pm Jan 28 8:10 am 29d 19h 35m
1189 Feb 5 8:03 am Feb 13 9:26 am Feb 20 2:53 am Feb 26 10:27 pm 29d 19h 00m
1190 Mar 7 3:03 am Mar 14 9:27 pm Mar 21 12:42 pm Mar 28 3:09 pm 29d 16h 47m
1191 Apr 5 7:50 pm Apr 13 5:05 am Apr 19 9:12 pm Apr 27 8:18 am 29d 13h 55m
1192 May 5 8:45 am May 12 11:12 am May 19 7:11 am May 27 2:33 am 29d 11h 16m
1193 Jun 3 8:01 pm Jun 10 3:59 pm Jun 17 6:30 pm Jun 25 7:46 pm 29d 9h 14m
1194 Jul 3 5:16 am Jul 9 8:54 pm Jul 17 7:38 am Jul 25 11:18 am 29d 7h 56m
1195 Aug 1 1:11 pm Aug 8 3:30 am Aug 15 10:29 pm Aug 24 12:56 am 29d 7h 25m
1196 Aug 30 8:37 pm Sep 6 1:10 pm Sep 14 2:32 pm Sep 22 12:40 pm 29d 7h 49m
1197 Sep 29 4:26 am Oct 6 3:47 am Oct 14 8:07 am Oct 21 11:39 pm 29d 9h 12m
1198 Oct 28 2:38 pm Nov 4 9:23 pm Nov 13 12:34 am Nov 20 8:10 am 29d 11h 27m
1199 Nov 27 2:05 am Dec 4 5:58 pm Dec 12 4:12 pm Dec 19 3:57 pm 29d 14h 08m
1200 Dec 26 4:13 pm 29d 16h 29m
* All times are local time for Melbourne. Time is adjusted for DST when applicable. They take into account refraction. Dates are based on the Gregorian calendar.

Special Moon Events in 2019

Articles About Moon Phases

Printable PDF calendar of moon phases

A Different Way of Embracing the Titles of the Triplle Goddess

Many witches feel that the phases of the Triple Goddess and the names corrsponding to the Moon phases are only parts of a female witch’s lifetime. While this is the traditional meaning I feel with more males becoming witches that they too should have titles to go with the Moon phases and their life phases.

Remember male or female we come into this world from our mother’s. Put there by combining female eggs and Male sperm that sets off a miracle that has been happening since couples started procreating. We all, female and male are babies and children with the same basic make up in hormones until reaching puberty. That is when we start showing the differences in how we see the opposite gender and usually see ourselves in a different way. I want to add in here that people sometimes are born into the wrong body type and now because of science and starting to be accepted somewhat better can have surgeries to correct this mistake. They can start feeling and looking as the gender they always felt they should be. There are also people who start looking at the same gender as themselves differently than more then just a friend to hang out with. We at Coven Lifee embrace all pagans/witches as equals and are happy to accept them into our Covenand school. We the Elders welcome diversity with in our community.

Please keep in mind the above paragraphs while reading the rest of this article. I will not delete any negative comments about the topic of this article unless they use foul language and/or are very negative in their wording. I have zero tolerance for anyone bashing the LGTB persons as they are children of our Lord and Lady also.

The Triple Goddess goes by many names depending on path of The Craft you follow and/or the country you live in.. The different titles of the Moon tie in with every months Moon phases . Just as the different titles for each of our life times goes with the changes in our bodies and the phase our life is in.

First here is the traditional titles and corrspponsmding Moon phases. After a girl has her first blood the next waxing Moon she will come to us as a Maiden. The waxing monthly moon phase is also the Maideb. When a woman has her first child or comes to us around 25 to 30 she is the Mother when the Moon is full. During the monthly Moon phase the full Moon is know as the Mother phase. Finally when the cessation of a monthly blood by any way happens, she has the wisdom built up over many years, and wants to she becomes the Crone or Elder

come during the waning Moon of this lifetime. The monthly warning Moon is known as The Crone phase.

For male witches Young Man is the title for the waxing Moon phase starts as you see physical changes in your body, the Father phase happens when your first child is born, and. After your children are grown up or when you feel you have much winsome to share with younger people you become known as an Elder.

As I said in the beginning this is my way of looking at the titles for our different life phases. Let me know what you think about Male witches also having a title for different phases of their lifetimes.

Copyright 2018 by Lady Beltane

Some Thoughts for Today

May this solar eclipse bring you blessings of love, peace, and harmony.

While everyone is talking about the total solar eclipse and the way it will change the energy we feel and/or use, I felt it was important to explain part of the energy shift and what brings it about.

Many of you have heard or read about the tradition of The Great Rite usually performed on Beltane and has its origins in prehistory, wait let me rephrase that to read, it has its origins when all traditional rites/rituals were handed down orally from priest to priest, priestess to priestess, druid to druid, etc. The Great Rite is the coupling of a high priest and high priestess, whether physically or symbolically, to ensure the ground is fertile to give nourishment to and accept the seeds planted to bring about a bountiful harvest.

The total eclipse is the celestial coupling and marriage of the Sun God to the Moon Goddess. As these eclipses only happen during a new Moon which is a time for rebirth, renewal and starting new things in your life after ridding yourself of negative things in your life during the waning and Dark Moon. Use this time for new beginnings in your life whether they be forgiving someone from an old grudge (which frees you from the negativity of that grudge as well) to kicking a bad habit, to do some deep soul searching for negative things you are holding onto not just from this lifetime but pasts one as well, to trying to get a job or spending more time with your loved ones and less time at work or well any number of things. This is a journey of renewal that you take alone with your spirit guides unless you ask some type of spiritual counselor to help guide you through this journey. So you have the symbolical marriage of all the gods and goddesses along with their consummation of the marriage when the Moon completely covers the Sun, and the Moon phases that promote new growth, you have a lot of potent energy at your disposal to get rid of the old and bring in the new.

So during the eclipse you have the symbolical marriage of all the gods and goddesses along with the consummation of their marriage when the Moon completely covers the Sun, and the Moon phases that promote new growth, you have a lot of potent energy at your disposal to get rid of the old and bring in the new.

Another thing that makes the eclipse special is it falls at the time when Leo, whose planet is the Sun, comes roaring in with its fire. Fire is cleansing element to help rid you of the negativity you are carrying even if it is deep inside of you right down to your cellular level. Just as we leave Cancer and the twin nature of the duality of male and female we all carry inside of us. This is a time where each of us can easily look at the God and Goddess we carry inside ourselves and celebrate all aspects of our human and higher selves.

On thing I would strongly suggest you do not try to do today is astral or Otherworld traveling as the different planes of exsistence over lap and it can be hard to get back to the phyiscal plane of existence we live in. On the other hand is it a great day or eveing for divination and your guides maybe able to show you things and answer questions you may have more clearly.

May whatever you are seeking to change come about in a positive way for you.

May the Lady and Lord watch over and help you dear ones.

 

Solitary New Moon Ritual

Special tools:

  • cedar or sage smudging wand
  • white candle

Cast the circle

Use the smudging wand to purify the space as you move around the circle.

Invocation to the Goddess

(ring bell with arms in Goddess position, arms in a V above your head)

Great Hecate
Queen of the Underworld
Protectress of all Wicca
It is my will on this night of the new moon
to overcome my shadows
and bring about change
I invite you to my circle to assist and protect me in my rite.

FOr the rest of this ritual please click on this link: http://www.paganlibrary.com/rituals_spells/solitary_new_moon_ritual.php